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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 25, 2023

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Guatemala, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

How are healthcare services Lake Atitlan?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Lake Atitlan, they replied:

"Most expats in Lake Atitlan probably you will be using private medical services. Always make sure to have a clear view of the cost prior engaging in any intervention unless it is an emergency. If you have an insurance check what is taking care or not..," remarked another expat in Lake Atitlan.

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"I live in a rural area therefore first world style healthcare is some distance away. There is an excellent community hospital in the area of Santiago named "Hospitalito Atitlan"," added another expat.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Lake Atitlan?

"My health insurance take care of 2/3 of the bill but still the cost is very low in total and cheap," remarked another expat in Lake Atitlan.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.
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What are emergency services like in Lake Atitlan?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Lake Atitlan wrote:

"Hospitals are 1/2 hour away but the best ones are 2 1/2 hours drive away or 20 minutes helicopter flight. All private hospital. Excellent staff and installation," mentioned another expat in Lake Atitlan.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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William Russell Health Insurance

William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

"I go to either Guatemala City a 2 1/2 hours drive or Quetzaltenango 2 hours drive. Quality of services excellent," said one expat living in Lake Atitlan.

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Are common prescription medications available in Lake Atitlan?

"Every thing is available unless you have high tech drugs.. Most of the medicines are delivered without prescription," remarked another expat living in Lake Atitlan.

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"Healthcare can be a challenge. There are some well trained doctors in the larger villages but their range of care is limited. There is a good private hospital in Santiago (Hospitalito Atitlan) but depending on what kinds of volunteer doctors are there during your emergency they may not be able to help. The public hospital in Solola I call the pre-morgue. It is a grim place I wouldn’t send an enemy. Best care is Guatemala City. A three hour, $100US, ambulance ride away or an expensive helicopter airlift," commented one expat living in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

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What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?

We asked members about local medical facilities in Lake Atitlan, they wrote...

"I have not had any interaction with the healthcare system during the plandemic. Excellent precautions and care have been provided locally. Despite this several people died of the virus in 2020," commented one expat who moved to Lake Atitlan.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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